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Stenson shot, apparently run over

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson was found dead early Wednesday on a residential street after he was shot and apparently run over in a Phoenix suburb, police said.


Chandler police said the death was being treated as a homicide.

Stenson, 25, made his major league debut this season and played 37 games for the Reds. He hit .247 with three home runs and 13 RBI -- his homer accounted for Cincinnati's final run of the season.


"We extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to Dernell's family and his friends, teammates and coaches," Reds spokesman Rob Butcher said.


Stenson's body was found after police received a call around 1:45 a.m. that shots had been fired. It appeared he had been run over by a vehicle, police said.


Mesa, Ariz., police found a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo matching the vehicle's description at about 3:45 a.m. local time Wednesday. The vehicle, registered in Georgia to Stenson, was found approximately 10 miles away from where Stenson's body was discovered.


The vehicle was impounded, and the man found driving it was being held for questioning by Chandler police. No charges have been filed.


Chandler police also are investigating the shooting death of another man, which occurred within two days of Stenson's shooting and about a mile apart, according to The East Valley Tribune.


There is no evidence that would link the two deaths, Chandler police detective Emma Bribiescas said.

Stenson was playing this month for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. He was hitting .394, third-best in the league, in 18 games.


The Arizona Fall League is designed to help develop some of baseball's top prospects. League officials canceled games Wednesday and Thursday.


Stenson was a third-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1996. He stayed in their system until this year, when the Reds claimed him off waivers during spring training.


One of the Reds' most promising young players, Stenson hit .306 with 14 homers and 76 RBI in 101 games at Double-A Chattanooga and batted .237 with five homers and 14 RBI in 17 games at Triple-A Louisville.


On Aug. 13, Stenson was called up by the Reds. Three days later, he doubled twice and singled against Houston in his first big league start.


On the next-to-last day of the season, Stenson made three outstanding catches in left field to preserve a win over Montreal. On the final day, he homered in a 2-1 loss to the Expos.


"This is really awful," Davona Vojovich, a friend of Stenson's who was outside Scottsdale Stadium, told the East Valley Tribune. "I can't believe this happened."


It was uncertain when the last time an active major league player was the victim of a homicide.


Atlanta pitcher Dave Shotkoski was shot to death during an apparent robbery in West Palm Beach, Fla., on March 24, 1995. He was in the Braves' camp trying to make the team as a replacement player during the strike.


Former big league shortstop Gus Polidor was shot to death in April 1995 in Venezuela shortly after being cut by Montreal in his comeback bid.


California Angels star Lyman Bostock was killed by a shotgun blast in September 1978 in Gary, Ind., while riding in a car.







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It was weird hearing about this on the news. It happened about a mile and a half from my house. We passed all the police cars driving to work and my wife and I were wondering what was going on...
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(takes his cap off, bows his head)

I hope there's an explanation for this. And that the guy who does it ends up sucking Satan's greasy cock in hell.



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Reginald Riddle has yet to be charged

PHOENIX -- A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of homicide, robbery and kidnapping in the death of Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson, and police are seeking another suspect.


Stenson's body was found in a street in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler early Wednesday after a night out with some teammates from the Arizona Fall League. He had been shot, then run over and


Reginald Riddle of Harvey, Ill., was arrested late Thursday in connection with Stenson's death, Chandler police said. Authorities also were seeking another man, identified as David Griffith, 20.


Reports from The Associated Press that Reginald Riddle had been formally charged with murder were premature. He has not been formally charged.


It was not immediately clear Friday if either man had an attorney who could comment.


Riddle's half brother Kevin Riddle, 43, was found driving Stenson's SUV about two hours after the body was discovered, and he was booked for investigation of possession of stolen property, police said.


Stenson, 25, made his major league debut with the Reds this year, batting .247 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 37 games. His last home run accounted for Cincinnati's final run of the season.


Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said he was "terribly saddened by the sudden and tragic death."


Stenson had been playing in the Arizona Fall League, where up-and-coming players are sent to hone their skills.


"People are stunned," said Donnie Branch, Stenson's high school coach in LaGrange, Ga. "In baseball, we've never had a better player. People in the country hadn't seen that yet and he was fixing to prove what he really could do."


Mike Gallo, a Houston Astros pitcher and Stenson's teammate on the Arizona league's Scottsdale Scorpions, said Stenson had a 14-month-old child.


"He's just one of the most soft-spoken, athletic guys," Gallo said. "You just wouldn't imagine it could happen to someone like that."


Gallo said that after a day game on Tuesday, Stenson had gone out with some teammates "for a few drinks, to relax and just hang out." Gallo said it was a mystery how Stenson wound up in Chandler, several miles from the Scottsdale clubs the players frequent.


"There's nothing out there," Gallo said. "He had to be forced into doing it."


In LaGrange, which also produced Mike Cameron of the Seattle Mariners, Stenson was remembered as a popular all-around athlete.


"He was someone every mother would want their child to be like -- a great student, a great athlete, a super young man," LaGrange High School secretary Ellen Batchelor said.



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